Neil Armstrong Death: Stars Remember the Legendary Astronaut

Neil Armstrong

Neil Armstrong, the first man to walk on the moon, died in August at the age of 82. A shy hero who made history in 1969 and avoided the spotlight afterward, the news of Armstrong's death was broken by NBC News; reporter Jay Barbree was alerted by former astronaut Tom Stafford, who was called by Armstrong's wife. Armstrong is said to have died of complications from heart surgery that took place three weeks ago.

Barack Obama, Ryan Seacrest and Rob Lowe were among those who marked the passing of the first person to walk on the moon.

Neil Armstrong's historic deeds managed to inspire many around the world, despite his insistence he was just a nerd.

"I am, and ever will be, a white-sock, pocket-protector, nerdy engineer," Armstrong once remarked

Some of those who admired him most are taking time to remember the legendary astronaut, whose death at 82 was announced  Saturday

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Buzz Aldrin, who accompanied Armstrong on the Apollo 11 moon mission, released a statement praising his colleague.

"Even though we were farther away from earth than two humans had ever been, we were not alone," Aldrin said.

World leaders and entertainment icons are also marking Armstrong's passing. Here is a sampling of notable reactions to the astronaut's life and death.